LucknowChief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said Uttar Pradesh had bagged the first position in regional connectivity and skill development in the country during the one year tenure of his government.He said UP had only two airports, one each in Lucknow and Varanasi, before the BJP came to power in the state in March last year.“Now, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Moradabad and Agra too have airports with flights having already begun from there,” he said. Adityanath was speaking as the chief guest at the ‘Vikas Samvad’ organised by ‘Hindustan Samachar’, a multi-lingual news agency.The CM said an ultramodern airport, the country’s biggest, was coming up in Kushinagar and it would give a fillip to the development of the state.“Similarly, UP has become number one in skill development ,” he said.“We have connected seven lakh youths to various enterprises in the last one year and 2.6 lakh youths have been provided direct employment,” he said.Continuing in the same vein, he further said UP was on the 17th position in the matter of making houses available to the poor during the previous regimes. But the state achieved first position since his government came to power, he added.“We are also number one in providing free electricity connections and making individual household latrines for the beneficiaries,” the chief minister said.He said his government had been able to bring about fundamental changes in basic education which would have a long-term impact. He reiterated the government was committed to creating 33 lakh jobs in the state by translating MoUs signed during the investors’ summit into investment. He emphasised the need for everyone to have a positive attitude to the changing Uttar Pradesh.Earlier, Rajya Sabha member and Hindustan Samachar chairman RK Sinha said UP, the country’s most populous state, was changing fast.‘New terminal at Lko airport will be beautifully designed’Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha said the new terminal to be built at the Lucknow airport will be beautifully designed and equipped with modern facilities.He said the country had only 75 airports in as many years earlier. “But the number of airports went up from two to 20 in just one year in UP alone,” the minister said.Sinha announced the ‘bhoomi poojan’ for the world class Jewar airport would be performed before Diwali this year.Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the Samajwadi Party was patronising criminals. Reacting to SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s statement that the SP, if voted to power, would set up an inquiry into fake encounters, he said the SP was a party of goons and criminals.That was why its chief was perturbed at the ongoing encounters, the deputy chief minister said.Maurya said an improved law and order situation was the key to development and the Yogi Adityanath government was making all efforts to establish rule of law in the state.Another deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma enumerated the measures taken by the government to ensure copying-free board exams. “Now, we are working on strategy to wind up board exams in just 20 days from the next year,” he announced.